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Celebrating female creators- Emerald Fennell

In honour of International Women’s Day, I want to share the work of Emerald Fennell. Some may recognise her as Camilla in The Crown, but for me, Fennell is a screenwriter and producer whose work I have come to enjoy. What I like most about Fennell is her versatility in her career, which is only […]

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Why I won’t be watching the film Music

CW: Ableism It’s difficult to know where exactly to start with the saga surrounding Sia’s debut feature Music. Public awareness of the controversy began with the moment that Sia started insulting autistic actors on Twitter after they rightfully criticised the casting of Maddie Ziegler, a neurotypical actress, in an autistic role. The online autistic community […]

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‘Scandi content is handy’: the role of global content in the streaming race

“Begun, the streaming wars have.” Oh look, a Star Wars reference AND a joke that’s already a cliche. I know, I’m sorry. For those not keeping score at home, the major worldwide players now include Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ and Apple TV+.  HBO Max, Paramount+ (the upcoming rebrand of CBS All Access, whose naming […]

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“A plague that was allowed to happen”: Confronting the HIV/AIDS epidemic through TV and cinema

Almost thirty years ago, on the 3rd of July, 1981 Lawrence K. Altman published an article in The New York Times that would come to be known as the “gay cancer” story. This was one of the first mentions of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in mainstream society, and it would undoubtedly become paramount in perpetuating harmful […]

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Sean Connery: the death of the archetypal 007

One of Edinburgh’s own men has passed away after seven decades of service to the people. Sir Sean Connery, aged ninety, passed away in his sleep on Halloween. A man who immortalised the phrase generation after generation came to love, the first one to utter the words: “Bond. James Bond.” Beloved by millions for the […]

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What’s with all the Willy Wonka wonderment?

The sudden popularity of the 2005 adaptation shows growing awareness of the film’s unsettling undertones. There have been two adaptations of Roald Dahl’s classic story, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. One, all the way back in 1971, features the late Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. The other – released in 2005 – stars the eccentric […]